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Fabrica de Carretas Joaquin Chaverri

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Interesting display of oxcarts in the back

This is a souvenier shop, and a very good one. You can find a huge selection of Costa Rican crafts... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Mary K
Grand Junction, Colorado
Traditional OxCarts

Sarchi is famous for its painted ox carts. We visited the Eloy Alfaro workshop located behind the... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

This is a souvenier shop, and a very good one. You can find a huge selection of Costa Rican crafts and t-shirts. The oxcarts in back are from various periods, and you can observe the painters who are working there. It's easy to park, unlike...More

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Sarchi is famous for its painted ox carts. We visited the Eloy Alfaro workshop located behind the Don Lolo restaurant. The woodworking shop is still powered by a water wheel! In the finishing area workers were painting components of the cart. All of the intricate...More

Thank Barheat
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

This facility is very historic. We saw the water wheel that still operatws all the tools used to make the ox carts. We saw the painters.

1  Thank fullcircleart
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

It was a unique place to see how they painted the traditional Costa Rican oxcart. 2 painters were there and really clever and nice to talk to. Gift shop is MASSIVE and done nicely. Wouldn't want to be there when busses come thru. Down the...More

Thank MikionVacation
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Our tour group spent time here learning how the famous ox carts are made and then decorated. Tour is relatively short but interesting. Colours are wonderful. Fascinating to watch the artists at work. Gift shop was one of the best we encountered in the whole...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We stopped here as part of an organised tour. We were given a tour of the workshop where they made the Ox cart wheels etc, this was very interesting, but the workshop tour was quite brief. The place primarily exists for the very large souvenir...More

Thank CocoTampa123
Reviewed 20 April 2016

I think this place exists for tour buses. It is a HUGE gift shop filled with the " usual stuff" like miniature ox carts and Tuscan napkin rings. There is a work shop in back that they must show how the ox carts are made....More

Thank Mark T
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Beautiful hand-painted oxcarts, the symbol of labor and laborers in the country, can be found at the front entrance and on the grounds of this factory. The tour is very guide, given to us by an English-speaking guide. Also, you might find that perfect "made...More

Thank gaminwoman
Reviewed 28 November 2015

This is a great place to stop and watch them work, plus there is a very large gift shop here. The prices are not too expensive, although the big items are expensive.

1  Thank nxt2nature
Reviewed 31 July 2015

This is the oldest oxcart factory (Fabrica de Carreta) in town since 1903. In the front of the store, you see oxcart, wooden furniture and other souvenir items. However, at the back yard, you get to visit artisan working area, tools used and generations of...More

1  Thank Family_from_NJ
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